Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, mentioned that Facebook refused to comply with its subpoenas in order to provide information regarding its investigation into the company’s privacy violations, according to CNBC
On Wednesday’s press conference, in California’s lawsuit against Facebook, Becerra demanded that the company hands in any documents related to privacy, disclosures, and third-party access to user data”. “If Facebook had complied with our legitimate investigative requests,” Becerra said, “We would not be making this announcement today.”
Prosecutors for the Northern District of California, FBI and the Securities along with the Exchange Commission had opened investigations in to Facebooks privacy in the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica in 2018. More than 87 million users had their Facebook data leaked to third party political research firm tied to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Brexit.
Facebook has not been responsive, according to Becerra, to requests for information. They did not provide the documents needed and did not even search for them. Becerra concluded by saying “Today we make this information public because we have no choice.”